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Prayer requests

New Prayers: 
♦For our supporters, God’s protection, good health, wisdom and provision for them and their families
♦To continue to disciple our children to seek and love the Lord and to help and encourage them in whatever way God wants to use them.
♦For wisdom, boldness and confidence as we are engaging in the ministry, the community and the new open doors the Lord is giving us
♦For the children and their families, that they remember and know the Lord Jesus Christ and find comfort and wisdom in Him in the midst of these changing times
♦To connect in our church here in OKC in the areas the Lord wants us to serve
♦Our BSF- Bible study in Genesis is about to start. May the Lord mature His people and bring many to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
♦ Wisdom and guidance as we continue our support raising. We’re praying for 100% soon.

Prayers Answered: 
♦Renters for our home moved in July 1st
♦Many people joined our support team and we are over 80%
♦Bill shut down our business 411 Build-It successfully
♦God’s provision of helpers and resources that make our move to OKC smooth and fast
♦God’s provision for safe travels as we moved to OKC
♦A great Bible Bee season here in Oklahoma
♦God’s provision of a church here in OKC

8.28.2020

Coming out of the Blur

Hello everyone from our new place in OKC! The last few months have been a blur! please forgive us this update did not come sooner to you, but through your encouragement, prayers and God’s help… here it is!!

Last days in Minnesota

The last three months have seemed like life went into overdrive! Trying to close our business in Minnesota increased the work load quite a bit for Bill, working full time on projects all the way to the Saturday before we moved to Oklahoma City. There was no way to get things done on time on our own; but the Lord provided!
Many friends surprised us by coming to help in so many ways; from cutting tree branches and mowing, to getting rid of stuff we no longer needed; driving loads of garbage to their own dumpsters; doing all kinds of cleaning -scrubbing floors, appliances, etc; providing meals for us and those who were helping; packing, and much more!
A dear friend who was also in the process of moving about the same time, collected almost all the boxes needed for our move, boxes of all sizes. The Lord placed in her heart to do this for us, and she joyfully did it and not just that, she (and her son) also came to help us pack a few times, bless their hearts!

Another dear friend, volunteered to drive one of our cars and trailer loaded with stuff. This was such a relief for Patty because she was the designated driver together with our son Daniel, since Bill was driving the big truck.
We are so thankful for such kindness and willing hearts!

We want to also share an update on our house in MN. Our renters were able to move in on July 1st, the same day we left MN. Things worked out so well and smoothly.

In the midst of the busyness with packing, meetings, work, etc; God provided all we needed. We knew we were covered in prayer; we could feel the prayers of each one of you. The Lord answered far beyond our expectations!

God was so kind and gracious to provide us with the opportunity to say goodbye to friends and family. Our church -The Urban Refuge, prayed for us and sent us with words of encouragement. Also, our wonderful small group prepared a fabulous gathering by the lake with food, prayer and kind encouraging words. Thank you friends! We love you!

In Oklahoma

We made it safely, praise the Lord! We were warmly welcomed home by our team. We found a bountiful basket of foods in our kitchen -SO helpful as we were moving into our new home and getting unpacked. We are thankful for the work they had done in the house and in the yard -pruning trees, planting flowers and cleaning up, etc. We are still working on a few more repairs and other issues with potential flooding.

The enemy tries to discourage us as we are learning to live in a new place, things like, poison ivy -Bill got a bad case on his arm, thank God he is completely fine now. We are learning about new bugs, which ones are ok and which ones are not ok, we have a good live material for our science class (entomology) for our Homeschooling -taking pictures, and do some research, etc. Not bad! The Lord has blessed us with new perspectives… right perspectives (please see our Encouraging thoughts).

We met some wonderful families at our Bible Bee this year. Our Proclaim! Day was a blessing! God provided such a beautiful weather and we were able to have some outdoor fellowship. We were also so blessed to have some of the In The Gap team helping us out with our Proclaim! Day event. Thank you team!

Our Children

We want to also give an update of how our children are doing. Many of you have been praying for them and we are so thankful. They have undoubtedly missed their friends, family, church and life in MN; some tears, and much prayers have been comforting.
God is so good! About two years ago the Lord first laid this adventure in our hearts. He has been faithful in caring for the hearts of our children in so many ways. First, God gave us the opportunity to spend a whole week at ITG last year. We saw the interns at work, preparing lessons and going to the schools to teach character classes and Bible clubs after school hours. Through Operation Impact and Leadership Academy our three older children got to meet new friends (some who live in the area) and also got to know the staff members. At the end of last year we had the opportunity to spent a few days at the ITG-staff retreat. Thank God for providing those opportunities for our children! even though the changes; they know many people here (even more than their parents do!). We live about three houses down from where the ITG-campus is, which allows for constant fellowship.
They are also able to stay in touch with friends via online and treasure so much the ZOOM meetings with Grandpa & Grandma and their aunt & uncle. We are so thankful God has provided the internet venue for them to stay connected with friends and family.
It has been a blessing to have our children alongside in the ministry and we are beyond grateful with the Lord that our children are enjoying so much to be able to engage in our work here. Thank you SO much for caring and praying for them.

Finances

We’ve had some of you asking how we are doing financially. As with everything else, do to covid, we had to adapt to the new changes and held support meetings via ZOOM; we did a couple in person as well. This allowed us to reach about 80% financial support just before we moved to OKC and we are trusting God to bring the rest; so we are still having meetings via ZOOM and over the phone from OKC.

Ministry

We love our team! They are amazing! We pray a lot for people and for ministry matters; we fellowship and work together in the direction God is showing us at this point and we are looking forward with what is ahead.
We are so encouraged to see God expanding our outreach here in OKC and beyond. Right now with not being able to do ministry in the schools due to covid and schools been closed; God is opening doors for online outreach and discipleship. We are stepping into that door with confidence that the Lord is reaching out far beyond our expectations. And all of your support and prayers for us and the rest of the team is crucial! You are doing ministry alongside with us… Thank you for joining us!

All the things we shared plus many others we had to leave out or this update would have been even longer; are a testament of God’s goodness and faithfulness; He is at work and He guides His people. You are in our constant prayers.

Blessings on you all! We love you!
Bill and Patty

“…On him we have set our hope that
He will continue to deliver us, as you
help us by your prayers. Then many will
give thanks on our behalf for the

gracious favor granted us in
answer to the prayers of many.”
~2 Corinthians 1:10b-11~

5.21.2020

HAPPENINGS 𝒶𝓃𝒹 NEXT STEPS

Where are we? We are still in Minnesota. We are trying to pack up as much as we can this week; because (God willing), on May 28th we plan to bring another load of boxes down to OKC.

During our stay in OKC, we will be setting things up in our new place. We were so blessed with a wonderful surprise from our amazing In The Gap team; out of their own initiative they worked so hard around the yard from trimming trees, to planting flowers, to cleaning up, etc., preparing the place for us. We are so thankful for such kindness!

Another thing we hope to do that weekend, is to meet with our National Bible Bee families, we are hosting a group this year in OKC and the study will be taking off on June 1st. We are excited to meet our new families this year!

We believe that it will take two more trips to finish moving. The last one will probably be on the last week of June; here is when we will hand the house key to our renters and go. By the way, we want to share with you how God brought our renters to us…

Patty had a conversation with a woman from one of her Bible study groups; Patty mentioned that we will be moving to OKC and that we were praying for renters for our house; this woman said “we have been praying for 3 years for a house to rent, but every time the Lord has closed the doors.” Then she asked more details about the house and said she would talk to her husband about it. Later that day she called asking if they could see the house. They came two days later, and papers were signed up that same week. God took care of many details, big and small and brought people to answer our questions and to help us with paperwork and wise counsel. We are so thankful with our faithful God! and We are so thankful for your faithful prayers!

You could probably agree that this present situation has brought new challenges and opportunities all over the world. That is happening as well at In The Gap. Operation Impact had to be cancelled for this year due to COVID -19. However, God has opened a new opportunity. The team has launched In the Gap Kids. These online resources can reach so many families all around the world. Please check them out and share freely the link with others: https://www.inthegapkids.org/

Our responsibilities here in Minnesota have been fulfilled -Youth Group ended last Wednesday and BSF is also done for the year. Bill was able to attend the OKC- BSF Leaders group via ZOOM and has enjoyed greatly meeting with them. Patty enjoyed meeting women from many countries in her BSF Spanish group. Some of the women that joined toward the end wanted to continue meeting to review the Acts study. Patty and the women are having a good time doing so.

Bill is shutting down our business 411Build-It and has also notified this to the companies he has done service work for. He will finish up what is left of his work with them by mid-June. 

God has been faithful in bringing people to join our support team. And from His goodness we are at 45% of financial support and many are supporting us through prayer. We know the Lord will continue to bring what is needed in due time. We are so thankful for your support and your prayers!

You are in our prayers. Please send us your prayer requests at bsaunders@inthegap.org

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”
 “Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”
 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.” Romans 11:33-36

4.12.2020

MOVING FORWARD

Where are we? We are all in Minnesota right now watching the snow pile up on Easter Sunday.

What are we doing?

Bill, has been working with his business, trying to learn how to do support raising online, zoom and websites like this one, BSF online and getting things ready to move.

Patty, has been excited with doing BSF online and her group has grown quite a bit having Spanish speaking people from Latin America and South America joining her group, she’s working on packing up, giving away and de-cluttering.

Daniel, was able to be at the ITG Leadership Academy winter session, but his plans of joining for the spring session changed since it got cancelled due the COVID-19 situation; now he is preparing to finish his final year of college, doing online tutoring and creating this website.

William, has been working with school and keeping up with his fitness goals and even doing Karate on zoom. He is excited for the Bible Bee to start this year and is hoping that ITG Operation Impact will happen in June to join the team.

Hope, has been so helpful in designing our newsletter. Her creativity and resourcefulness have been such a blessing to us. She is enjoying her Karate on zoom and keeping in touch with her friends on video calls, but misses spending time in person with them.

Ruthmarie, enjoys the quiet pace we’re living right now, and it is encouraging to see. She likes to go for runs or walks with her siblings and has fun sketching and painting and practising her violin.

William, Hope and Ruthie are enjoying their BSF study via online. Daniel is on his second year in the BSF men’s class.

Our family is still planing to move to Oklahoma at the end of May, but in these times we need to hold our plans loosely, The verse that says that “man makes his plans but the Lord determines his steps” has been so relevant to us in this time we are living in.

We are still working on building our team of ministry partners that will be holding us up in prayer and supporting us financially. We are so thankful to God for all the opportunities He has given us to share about this new adventure. We will continue to share with others through zoom -a great tool to stay better connected with everyone now and after we move.

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